Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 04:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard. Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has invested a sizable chunk in Transmeta, who once manufactured semiconductors like the Crusoe and now focuses more on intellectual property and design. They helped AMD with the HyperTransport Bus as well as their move to 64 bit architecture. The Inquirer has more on this interesting development for AMD.
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pro-Clockers had a look at a very unique keyboard, the Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Keyboard. As the name suggest, there are only 3 keys on this little USB keyboard, but each of those keys is a 20mm x 20mm backlit OLED screens that can display either a static image or animation at 3 frames per second. Plus you can use those buttons as hotkeys! Take a look at this nifty little device.
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before the iPhone's first week on sale is over, it has already been molested in several ways. 2 accounts have been found, and now a way has been discovered to activate your iPhone without using AT&T. You won't be making any cell calls though, that part still requires the intervention off AT&T. It comes as no surprise to The Inquirer that the man who hacked the iPhone, the infamous DVD Jon, is still working on that problem.
"Hacker doyen DVD Jon has worked out a way of cracking an unactivate
Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens. While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.
Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown took a tour through Shuttle's Taipei headquarters, and had a good look at their upcoming products. Owners of XPC series cases have something to look forward to, with 2 upcoming XPC compatible X38 based motherboards, with Dual PCI-Express slots. They will also be releasing Speed-Link, a driverless USB based network interface, and a fingerprint reader based login. There are a lot more features being included in their next generation of cases, check them out.
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Altec Lansing has been making peripherals for the iPod almost since it came out. There newest is the iMV712, a 8.5" widescreen LCD display with a pair of 3" full range speakers and a subwoofer built in. As well, it is able to handle input from other sources than just the iPod, which is icing on the cake as far as Think Computers is concerned.
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newly released iPhone has been hacked, sort of. Using a restore image, it has been determined that there are 2 accounts on every iPhone, with the same default passwords. Of course, since there is no console or terminal access to the iPhone there is nothing you can do with these accounts. Slashdot has more on this, as well as some speculation about possible motives for the existence of these users.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2007 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats has put together a handy checklist of steps to polish up your PCs performance. Just cleaning up OS doesn't cut it, but it is a good first step. You need to get in that case and clean up all the dust bunnies and oil those fans. There is even a reward, you can see the temperature difference for your self!
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are ever looking to expand your wireless network, either for range, to separate the ways people connect up or even just to get a few more ports free, you need another wireless access point. One solution is to add a second router to your network, which is not that hard. Neither is switching to a quad core CPU.
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